Betcha Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com is getting some angry emails from the Lone Star State today. That’s because he gave an opinion Texas A&M fans won’t like when asked to compare the job in College Station to the Southern Cal job that might soon be offered to Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin:
“If you’re Kevin Sumlin, you can dominate the Pac-12 South. It’s really hard to dominate a division where Nick Saban is there, LSU is always going to get players and Auburn has gotten cranked back up — and that doesn’t even speak to (the rest of) that league. If you’re USC, you can beat Oregon or Washington or whoever comes in there eight or nine out of 10 times for the best players in Southern California, if you really want them.
And they have really good facilities and really good history. To me, it’s not even close. USC is a huge job there.”
There’s no arguing with a single point Feldman made. The Trojan job is one of the top five jobs in the land and as a private school it can throw enormous money at any coach Pat Haden desires.
But would another coach from a major SEC program — thinkin’ ’bout you, Lane Kiffin — jump to LA? It has been rare for big-name schools to swipe coaches from other big-name programs. The exception to the rule has been Kiffin from Tennessee to Southern Cal and Bret Bielema from Wisconsin to Arkansas. Aside from Bielema, here’s how the rest of the SEC’s programs hired their current coaches:
Alabama — Nick Saban from the NFL, not directly from LSU
Auburn — Gus Malzahn stepped up from Arkansas State
Florida — Will Muschamp was a defensive coordinator
Georgia — Mark Richt was an offensive coordinator
Kentucky — Mark Stoops was a defensive coordinator
LSU — Les Miles moved from Oklahoma State, so he goes in the Bielema category
MSU — Dan Mullen was an offensive coordinator
Missouri — Gary Pinkel stepped up from Toledo
Ole Miss — Hugh Freeze stepped up from Arkansas State
South Carolina — Steve Spurrier came out of retirement after an NFL stint
Tennessee — Butch Jones stepped up from Cincinnati
Texas A&M — Kevin Sumlin stepped up from Houston
Vanderbilt — James Franklin was an offensive coordinator
And that’s just the SEC, the bestest football league in the country. So, yes, it’s rare to see someone jump from one major program to another.
As we’ve stated on many occasions, we view the Texas A&M job as a gold mine. The recruiting base is there. The money is there. The facilities are improving/expanding. There are plenty of reasons to believe Sumlin would stay put even if offered the USC job.
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